• Azalea wins 1st ever award, One Direction take 2

    Updated: 18 min ago

    Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea won her first award ever at the American Music Awards, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake. Azalea won favorite rap/hip-hop album for her debut, "The New Classic." "This award is the first award I've ever won in my entire life, and it means so much to me that it is for best hip-hop because that's what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams, and it's what helped me when I was a teenager to escape and to get through my life and to better times," the 24-year-old Australian rapper said Sunday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, as her mentor T.I. stood beside her. "And it means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this," she continued.

  • 'Mad Men' creator to receive honorary Int'l Emmy

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    "Mad Men" stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will be presenting a special award to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner at the International Emmys Gala. Weiner will be receiving the honorary International Emmy Founders Award at Monday night's ceremony at the Hilton New York. The presentation to Weiner will be the centerpiece of the awards ceremony, hosted by British comedian Matt Lucas. A total of 40 nominees from 19 countries will be competing in 10 categories for International Emmys, established to honor excellence in TV programming outside the U.S. Britain led with six nominations, including best actor and actress nods for Stephen Dillane and Olivia Colman for their roles in popular

  • 'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the previous installments of "The Hunger Games," but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Lionsgate's "Mockingjay" opened well below the $158 million debut of last year's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and the $153 million opening of the 2012 original. But even with a $30-million-plus slide in the franchise, "Mockingjay" far surpassed the previous top weekend of the year: the $100 million debut of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." The result made for some unusual ironies. The biggest opening of the year (and by a wide margin) was seen by some as a disappointment.

  • AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of "On The Road" and, during a three-week writing binge, revised his novel into a style similar to Cassady's, one that would become known as Beat literature. The letter, Kerouac said shortly before his death, would have transformed his counterculture muse Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn't been lost. Turns out it wasn't, says Joe Maddalena, whose Southern California auction house Profiles in History is putting the letter up for sale Dec. 17. It was

  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it. But if it happened now, she says, she'd be a lot bolder — not just because she's older, but because she feels there's less of a stigma connected to being a victim of sexual assault. And this, say advocates for sexual assault victims, may be one reason why the allegations against Bill Cosby have exploded into public consciousness now so much more than they did when they emerged a decade ago: an evolving cultural understanding of the crime of sexual assault, and increased empathy toward those claiming to be victim

  • Oklahoma baby boomers: As audiences and performers age, Oklahoma City Philharmonic revamps Pops series

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Balancing the tastes of aging Baby Boomers who had been Oklahoma City Philharmonic season ticket holders for decades with the younger generations of concert-goers the orchestra hoped to attract has been a challenge, Eddie Walker, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s executive director, said.

  • 'Blind Massage' big Golden Horse winner in Taiwan

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese-French film about blind masseurs and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse movie awards. "Blind Massage" from Chinese director Lou Ye won six of the seven categories it had been nominated in at the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars, including best feature film. The film is about workers in a massage parlor in China's Nanjing city. The other big winner Saturday evening was Chen, who won best lead actor and best new director for "A Fool" as well as best supporting actor for his role in Taiwanese military drama "Paradise in Service." Ann Hui won her third best director award for "The Golden Era" at the awards ceremony in Ta

  • Monaco to celebrate birth of its royal twins

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month, and the first one born will be the prince's royal heir. The palace of the Riviera principality advised citizens on Saturday that the big moment, expected in December, will be celebrated with church bells ringing. The palace says there will be 21 cannon shots for each baby and bells tolling for 15 minutes, followed by boat horns. Prince Albert told BFM-TV that the first child born will be heir to the throne — unless a boy and a girl are born, in which case the boy becomes royal heir. Albert, 56, who has two children out of wedlock, married Charlene, a South African swimmer now 36, in 2011.

  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

    Yesterday

    Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it. But if it happened now, she says, she'd be a lot bolder — not just because she's older, but because she feels there's less of a stigma connected to being a victim of sexual assault. And this, say advocates for sexual assault victims, may be one reason why the allegations against Bill Cosby have exploded into public consciousness now so much more than they did when they emerged a decade ago: an evolving cultural understanding of the crime of sexual assault, and increased empathy toward those claiming to be victim

  • Woman on "My Five Wives" accuses father of abuse

    Yesterday

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah. Rosemary Williams says she was molested more than two decades ago by her father, Lynn A. Thompson. He is the leader of one of the largest organized polygamy groups in Utah, the Apostolic United Brethren, or AUB. Thompson says the allegations are not true. A spokesman for the AUB didn't return phone calls from The AP. A search of criminal charges available online show no record of any criminal convictions for Thompson. The Williams family is featured in the TLC reality show, "My Five Wive

  • Hitler watercolor sold for $162,000 at auction

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — A watercolor of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bidders from four continents and went to a buyer from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate. The auction house says the painting is one some 2,000 by Hitler and is thought to be from about 1914, when he was struggling to make a living as an artist, almost two decades before rising to power as the Nazi dictator. The painting, which had been expected to fetch at least 50,000 euros, was sold by a pair of elderly sisters whose grandfather pu

  • As Cosby allegations spiral, fallout mounts

    Yesterday

    Since renewed allegations of sexual assault erupted in late October, Bill Cosby has seen a career resurgence begin to crumble. Here's what's happened since Oct. 31: — Appearances on "The Queen Latifah Show" and "Late Show With David Letterman" were canceled. — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby sitcom that was in development. — TV Land has pulled "The Cosby Show" reruns off the air. — Netflix indefinitely postponed rolling out "Bill Cosby 77," an original stand-up special. — Eight of at least 36 performances in a stand-up comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada have been canceled. Spokesmen for two of the venues cited the widening scandal as the reason for the cancellations; the rest gave no reason.

  • Bill Cosby controversy: A decade in the making

    Yesterday

    The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here's how the controversy over the allegations, some dating to the 1960s, has unfolded since then: ___ Andrea Constand tells police in her native Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 13, 2005, that Cosby assaulted her a year earlier at his mansion in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. She said he invited her home after a restaurant dinner, gave her pills for stress and tension, then helped her to a sofa when she became dizzy and sick.

  • For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

    Yesterday

    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. The show Friday night in Melbourne, Florida, might have seemed destined for disaster for the comedian, enveloped in growing accusations of rape and sexual assault that have derailed his career comeback and crumbled his tour schedule. What he got, though, was an adoring audience that laughed so hard they slapped their knees, shouted love at the stage and rose to their feet as he came and went.

  • 10 famous Oklahomans, then and now

    Richard Hall | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Ah, the Hollywood Sign. It has long since been a symbol of “making it.” You know, picking yourself up by your bootstraps and getting things done how only you can.

  • Florida crowd cheers comedy from embattled Cosby

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As Bill Cosby's standup tour crumbled with cancellations, the embattled entertainer joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation as he took the stage and another when he finished. It was a stark contrast to announcements that performances in Oklahoma, Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington State, were called off as more women came forward and accused entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations. "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," Cosby told the Fl

  • 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume up for sale

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is up for sale. The costume will be auctioned with other Hollywood items Monday in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar. The big cat outfit has been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, according to a Bonhams' sales catalog. It is topped by a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million, the owner's spokesman said. Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows including "I Love Lucy" and "Lost." He has said he plans to use money from the Cowardly Lion costume sale to exhibi

  • Statement: Bill Cosby's lawyer criticizes media

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A statement issued Friday by Bill Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, in response to allegations of sexual assault against the comic: "The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity. These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years. Lawsuits are filed agai

  • John Stamos lights up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sporting Elvis Presley-like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis. An avid fan of the King, Stamos joined hundreds of fans who watched yellow, red and blue lights illuminate the large front yard of Presley's former home. Stamos was joined by young patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital at the lighting ceremony. Stamos, perhaps best known for roles on TV shows such as "General Hospital," ''Full House" and "ER," told The Associated Press in an interview after the ceremony that he wore the sideburns for his appearance at Graceland. Presley often wore long sideburns. "It's

  • Cosby shows in Vegas and Reno canceled, postponed

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they and Bill Cosby have mutually agreed to cancel the comedian's upcoming performance amid a growing number of sexual assault allegations. The cancellation was announced Friday, a day after a Florida woman said Cosby drugged and raped her after a 1976 Las Vegas show. She's the fourth woman to recently make similar allegations. Treasure Island spokeswoman Michelle Knoll said "it wasn't a good time" for the Nov. 28 performance. In Reno, Silver Legacy Resort Casino spokeswoman Sara Robbins says Cosby's Valentine's Day show is postponed indefinitely. She wouldn't say who made that decision. Ticketholders for both shows will be